Warhammer 40K Boarding Actions have a higher barrier to entry

Arx Omen: Abaddon, the latest Warhammer 40,000 gamebook, does an extraordinary job of moving the franchise’s heavy story forward. The 88-page hardcover book went on sale in advance earlier this month, and is currently making its way to fans around the world. Inside, you’ll also find rules for a brand new gameplay, a game mode called Boarding Actions. Likes Warhammer 40,000 Kill Team, uses small, relatively affordable miniature sets for extremely satisfying small unit skirmishes. But it is not at all for beginners. In fact, the way its rules are written shows just how high the barrier to entry can be for these mini-maneuvers.

After pages and pages of glorious fluff, AbadonThe rules for boarding procedures begin on page 50, and run down to less than 20 pages in full. Book credit full of pre-generated maps and scenarios carefully tuned to a specific set of terrain – $210 Warhammer 40,000 terrain set of ascension actions.

A boxed and fully painted display of the Warhammer 40,000 Boarding Actions terrain titles features two cardboard mats and a set of plastic terrain models after the interior of old, rickety spaceships.

Photo: Games Workshop

Of course, if you keep up with the release of kill team – Both Warhammer 40,000 Kill Team: Shadow vaults ($185) and in the dark ($210) – You already have the plastic components you need to get started. But unfortunately you don’t have game boards. Kill the team Uses one 30″ wide x 22″ board. Boarding procedures use two boards 704 mm wide by 607 mm (about 27.7 in × 23.9 in) instead. It’s not sold separately, so if you don’t want to buy the big box, you’ll have to make your own—or wait for aftermarket accessories to sell out from third-party sellers. Or I guess, just play without a board.

Boarding procedure rules refer to Warhammer 40,000 Core Book, specifying the last rules that you are allowed to use generally and specifically. To be honest, it’s inconvenient and will require a lot of page-turning and classing at the table. the Basic book Also expensive, at $70.

Finally, you will also Need a manuscript book for your specific army. These $55 supplements contain the rules for each unit specific to each faction in the universe – basically the character sheets needed to actually fire your weapons and use your special abilities in combat. And if you’re playing a specific class of Space Marines – Dark Angels, Blood Angels, and anything other than the standard Ultramarines – you’ll also need the appropriate Codex addon, which will cost you another $33.

A dark angel with a blazing sergeant on his back looms over the chaotic marines.

Photo: Games Workshop

This puts the total retail cost for players to enjoy the new Boarding Actions game mode somewhere between $390 and $423 – plus the cost of Arx Omen: Abaddonwhich comes in at $60… plus paint and miniatures.

There are plenty of ways around this cost problem, of course. You can pick up MDF walls and neoprene game mats relatively cheaply. You can print your own 3D miniatures, or purchase off-brand miniatures to use as proxies. But rules are rules, and the game simply wouldn’t work without those books. So even if you want to hack your hobby, you’ll still need books worth at least $185 for a single player.

So we’re now talking about an investment on par with the Nintendo Switch, a console that’s almost six years old Continue to get high quality games. So we need to take into account age Warhammer 40,000 as a platform. The ninth edition officially launched in 2020 with the launch of Warhammer 40,000 Indomitos boxed set. Judging by the pace at which the last three versions have been released, that means we’ll most likely have the first teasers for a 10th release late this year or early this year. This means that your $185 investment in grammar paperbacks will, in all likelihood, only be valid for two more years, at most. Given how the company has been pushing cross-compatibility between the eighth and ninth editions, at least in the beginning, this probably isn’t as bad as it seems to most gamers. However, you have to be a bit of a calculus when making big purchases like this.

A page from White Dwarf showing a group of players around the default Kill Team map.

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There is an excellent way out of this money hole, and one that is being built to great effect now in the pages of White Dwarf magazine – The Gaming Club. During a series of articles starting in 2022, employees at White Dwarf have been playing a five-person narrative game Kill the team on one common terrain group. Gaming clubs are common in England, but relatively rare here in the United States. The closest you can get is to find a group of like-minded gamers at your local game store.

Of course, the game store itself is also in the business of selling stuff. This situation puts US retailers, who are already struggling against large retailers and internet giants like Amazon, in a tough spot. While a thriving player community will likely drive traffic to a particular store and sell lots of miniatures and books, it may also limit sales of high-end items for playing at home – things like Arx Omen: Abaddon book f Warhammer 40,000 boarding action Terrain group – if one group is shared by multiple players in the shop.

The situation is further complicated by the fact that Games Workshop is pushing consumers to place pre-orders online on its website.

Arx Omen: Abaddonthe first in a series of five books, now shipping from Games Workshop It will soon be available on Friendly local toy stores.

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